Troy Chamber hosts expert panel to discuss future of talent in Michigan

On Thursday, March 31, Troy Chamber of Commerce will host a panel of experts to discuss the State’s current workforce environment. The event will take place at The Kingsley Inn (39475 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills) from 8 – 9:30 a.m. 

The panel of industry experts includes: Stephanie Comai, Director, Michigan Talent Investment Agency, Jocelyn LincolnVice President, Recruitment Operations, Americas Region, Kelly Services, Inc. and Jennifer Llewellyn, Manager, Oakland County Workforce DevelopmentJennette SmithEditor, Crain’s Detroit Business will be moderating the event.

“With a rebounding economy, the talent environment is still an issue in Michigan” explains Ara Topouzian, President/CEO Troy Chamber of Commerce. “We lost many skilled workers during the recession and a concerted effort is being made to replenish this loss and help employers with training resources,” he continues. “We have assembled the perfect panel to address all of these aspects”.

Attendees will hear the industry experts address the need of attracting and retaining a talented workforce in Michigan. The panel will also discuss resources and tools potentially available to employers that will aid in growing and maintaining the Michigan workforce.

“Talent attraction and retention are critical to the current and future success of both large corporations and small businesses,” says Jennifer Llewellyn, Manager, Oakland County Workforce Development. “The State of Michigan, including higher education, K-12, workforce, and economic development partners, offer a tremendous number of high-quality, innovative approaches to talent,” she emphasizes. “Companies, small and large, who capitalize on these opportunities, are often the most successful at growing and keeping their talent.”

The event is sponsored by Inteva Products, Kelly Services, Oakland Community College and Oakland University. The price to attend this event is $25 for Troy Chamber members and $35 for future members. For more information, visit

The Troy Chamber exists to help create long-term economic vibrancy, vitality and stability for Troy’s business community. Representing nearly 700 businesses, the Troy Chamber serves as Troy’s primary business information resource. By responding to members’ needs, the Chamber is able to help businesses get connected and stay connected. With hundreds of meetings and programs each year, it’s easy for members to make a connection!